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What to expect in the next 36 hours (and beyond)

Here's how the next 36 hours looks to shape up in Western New York, according to the National Weather Service:

Through 10 a.m. Thursday: The snow bands will continue settling south. Light snow showers are expected with about one-tenth inch more accumulation for the rest of the day. It will be a little warmer, with temperatures heading into the mid-20s.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday: A period of relative quiet. There could be a brief peek at the sun; temperatures will climb through the upper 20s.

[Barrage of lake-effect snow winding down]

1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday: Some snow showers are likely, mainly after 4 p.m., the weather service forecasts. Another half-inch is expected in Buffalo. Daytime high temperatures will top out at about 30 degrees and remain there for several hours, during this time.

7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday: About another half-inch of snow is expected from snow showers that are expected to fall before 11 p.m. Temperatures will remain in the upper 20s as winds finally shift to the southeast, eliminating any opportunity for more lake-effect snow through at least Saturday morning.

Later Friday: A "slight chance" of snow showers exists between 8 and 10 a.m. Friday before switching over to a chance for all rain after 10 a.m. Friday, forecasters said. A southerly flow will help boost the thermometer, with a high temperature Friday forecast of 43. The normal high is 31 degrees.

Saturday: Rain is likely until about 4 a.m. before precipitation becomes mixed with snow for the morning and then turns over to all snow after about 1 p.m. It'll be cloudy with a high in the mid-30s.

Sunday: Snow showers are likely for the second half of the day. Winds shift back to a more westerly direction and temperatures drop, setting the stage for another round of lake-effect snow into the early part of the week. Meteorologists aren't forecasting snow amounts yet but said the "potential" is there for bands to set up, especially into Monday and Tuesday.

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